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Italian gets 20 years for maiming his ex

AFP-JIJI

An Italian lawyer was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Saturday for hiring two men to throw acid on his former girlfriend’s face, severely disfiguring her.

Lucia Annibali, whose scarred face became the symbol of the fight against femicide and violence against women in Italy, said she was happy with the verdict, but “nothing can pay me back for what I’ve been through.”

Luca Varani, 37, was found guilty of ordering the attack on Annibali after she discovered he was about to father a child with another woman and left him.

He had initially denied having anything to do with the attack, but later admitted asking two Albanians to throw acid on Annibali’s car in what he told the court was an “odious joke” that went wrong.

Albanians Rubin Talaban and Altistin Precetaj were sentenced to 14 years each for the April 2013 assault.

Varani had previously tried to hurt his former girlfriend by tampering with the gas cooker in her home, Italian media reports said.

Annibali, who has undergone seven surgical operations, was awarded an Order of Merit by President Giorgio Napolitano in November and has become the pin-up for a campaign to stop violence against women.